Bill Gates appeals for polio eradication

Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates recently made an appeal to eradicate polio throughout the world. Read More »

Venezuelan cholera cases climb to 111

There have been 111 confirmed cases of cholera in Venezuela as more people have tested positive after attending a wedding in the Dominican Republic with contaminated food. Read More »

Secretary of State Clinton hails slowing of Haitian cholera

Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Secretary of State, has hailed the news that the cholera wave that has killed over 4,000 Haitians since October 2010 is receding. Read More »

Russian cities closing schools to fight flu

Three cities in Russia including Moscow shut down their schools this week and suggested children not play in groups in an effort to stop the worst central Russian flu outbreak in over a decade. Read More »

Multiple H5N1 outbreaks reported in Asia

Animal health officials in South Korea, Myanmar and Japan have reported outbreaks of the H5N1 avian influenza in poultry, leading to the cancellation of several bird-related events and potential damage to the local economies. Read More »

Nigeria facing escalation of multi-drug resistant TB

Nigerian cases of multi-drug resistant tuberculosis have escalated, leading some medical experts to worry that the trend may lead to a total loss of efficacy of the current first-line drugs that treat TB. Read More »

U.N. secretary general praises the African Leaders Malaria Alliance

United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon recently announced that he believes the African Leaders Malaria Alliance has been successful in saving the lives of thousands of children and that it offers a good model for going after other societal ills. Read More »

Inhaled measles vaccine developed

Researchers have developed a new live attenuated vaccine for measles that can be inhaled. Read More »

Medicago reports positive Phase II H5N1 vaccine tests

Phase II human clinical trials with Medicago Read More »

Last year's swine flu vaccine safe, report says

According to a study published in the of the New England Journal of Medicine, people who have been given the swine flu shot for the 2009-2010 season are not at an increased risk of developing Guillain-Barre syndrome Read More »

Stockpiling flu remedies shown to dramatically reduce death tolls

A recent Singapore study found that stockpiling flu remedies reduced death rates significantly but that most nations - around two thirds of the world's population - can't build up stockpiles at current prices. Read More »

Intermittent preventive treatment of malaria and bednets reduce severe malaria cases

Studies carried out in Mali and Burkina Faso and published in the journal PLoS Medicine have found that combining intermittent preventive treatment of malaria in children with insecticide-treated bednets leads to a substantial reduction in severe malaria Read More »

NBA star joins vaccination campaign

A collaboration has been formed between five-time National Basketball Association All-Star Chauncey Billups, NBA Cares, the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and Sanofi Pasteur for the national awareness and multimedia campaign Vaccines for Teens Read More »

European Parliament passes resolution to fight TB

The European Parliament adopted a resolution on Thursday, passed by a margin of 578 to nine, that includes the fight against tuberculosis in the flagship Europe 2020 Strategy using European research to combat the disease in developing countries. Read More »

H1N1 vaccine was 93 percent effective during 2009 pandemic

A new study by Canadian researchers showed that a single dose of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine was 93 percent effective during the 2009 pandemic. Read More »

Haitian cholera spreads to Canada

A case of cholera originating in Haiti was recently confirmed in Montreal, Canada. Read More »

Successful test of universal flu vaccine announced

British scientists have successfully tested a universal vaccine for influenza. Read More »

Study shows benefits of mass vaccination post-cholera outbreak

Mass vaccinations for cholera can be beneficial even after an outbreak has begun, according to a new study. Read More »

Aerosolized viruses can circulate in larger doses than previously thought

A Virginia Tech study has found that aerosolized flu viruses, which can remain airborne for hours, circulate in places like daycare centers, doctor's offices and airplanes in doses that are large enough to cause infection. Read More »

Breakthrough could lead to norovirus vaccine

Scientists from the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom have been successful at the crystallization of a norovirus that may be able to aid in the development of a treatment that inhibits the norovirus from spreading. Read More »